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Our History

Where we've come from

Our History
Grove Street 2
JBGass is believed to have been formed in 1914. The original members previously practised under a different name, from the original office on Wellington Road South, Stockport.
Where it began…

James (Jim­my) Gass served in the Roy­al Fly­ing Corps, World War I and was demo­bilised in 1918, aged 19 years. He joined the firm of Solic­i­tors, run by Mr Jack­son, who was a friend and joined the estab­lish­ment as an unqual­i­fied clerk. He became inter­est­ed in the pro­fes­sion and with Mr Jackson’s encour­age­ment he under­took study­ing for his law degree, which he passed in July 1931 Mr Bar­rett was also a part­ner in the firm & Jim­my was made a part­ner in around 1935. The Wilm­slow office opened around the same time & Eddie Cross­land joined the firm at this stage. The Wilm­slow office only opened for appoint­ments on Fridays.

Hav­ing start­ed to do his arti­cles at JBGass, Peter Gass was called up to his R.A.F. nation­al ser­vice in Feb­ru­ary 1952. Com­plet­ing his Nation­al Ser­vice, he returned to JBGass. Peter com­plet­ed his arti­cles and was elect­ed to the Law Soci­ety in 1956 & was made a Part­ner in 1959.

Banks Square
There was a police station and court in Wilmslow, where Peter regularly carried out court work, as well in Knutsford and occasionally in Chester.
A true legacy

Jim­my Gass died in 1963 after a long ill­ness and it was then that Eddie Cross­land took over the Stock­port office, and Peter the Wilm­slow office. It was dur­ing this time that Peter Gass trans­ferred the firm to 20a Grove Street, where the firm remained until 2003. Peter Gass took on more staff, includ­ing Roger Bam­forth & Rob Saunders.

Sean Bar­row, joined the firm in July 1979 & went into part­ner­ship with Peter Gass two years lat­er. Peter Gass retired in 1987 & Sean remained a Sole Prac­ti­tion­er apart from a brief peri­od in partnership.

The Unicorn
The firm then moved to Smithy Annexe on St. Patricks Day 2003. Originally, seen as a bold move, the firm enjoyed a more prominent & accessible address for staff & clients alike until late 2022.

A new beginning 

After almost twen­ty years we found that we had start­ed to out­grow our space at Smithy Anne. We relo­cat­ed to Chadsworth House, Wilm­slow Road, Hand­forth. Our brand-new sur­round­ings give us the space to grow and keep advanc­ing the tech­nol­o­gy we’re using to deliv­er the best pos­si­ble service. 

It’s easy to find us by foot, bus, train or car and we have some park­ing avail­able near the rear entrance of our property. 

JB Gass Visitor Cark Park Near Entrance
We're settling in to our new office well and making the most of our new surroundings. If you need anything, please get in touch with us or arrange a visit to see us in our space!